Still looking for summer camps? Don’t fret, I can help you out with my comprehensive guide to over 200 camps listed in THE SUMMER BOOK®: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS, which you can purchase from these fine retailers: Barnes & Noble; Blue Willow Bookshop; Brazos Bookstore; British Isles; Cactus Music; Children's Museum of Houston; Christ Church Cathedral Bookstore; Fundamentally Toys; Kaboom Books in the Heights; The Motherhood Center; River Oaks Bookstore; and Second Baptist Church. You can also purchase the book online directly from me which will get it to you in approximately 2 days from order date.

Do you need a speaker to come to your group and talk about ideas for summertime fun? Call me at 713.482.7065 or email me ( and let’s talk. I’m ready to share the joys of summer! And if you are a summer camp director and need help marketing your camps or summer programs, contact me and I can help out.

And now -- check out these summer camps endorsed by GISH PICKS…


Blackwood Nature Camp
Hope Stone, Inc.
Houston SPCA
Houston Zoo
Po'no Ragazzi International Academy
Vault Houston

Blackwood Nature Camp

Blackwood Nature Camp
Blackwood Educational Land Institute
June 24-29; July 1-6; July 8-13; and July 29-August 4 (Mandarin Nature Camp)
Overnight camps in weekly sessions
8-15 years old
$500/one week; $600/two weeks; $700/three weeks

The experience of Blackwood Nature Camp (BNC) is transforming – changing perceptions, heightening awareness, changing lives through thoughtful programming, adventure and environmental education, all in an atmosphere of safety. Join them for outdoor activities, such as natural crafts, adventure games, self-confidence building and group problem-solving, exploring, swimming, canoeing, carving, nature journaling, dreaming, storytelling, hiking, family overnights, and more. Scholarships may be available.

French Alliance

Children's French Language Camp
French Alliance
June 4-21 and July 9-26
4-15 year olds
$350/three-week session

The French Alliance’s children’s program immerses children ages 4-15 in the French language, allowing them to learn in a natural way, through visual, kinetic and auditive experiences. The Alliance is a nonprofit founded in 1923 to promote French language and culture and French/American friendships.

Hope Stone, Inc.

Kid’s Play Summer Kamp
Hope Stone, Inc.
July 9-13, July 16-20
6-12 years old

Let your child be a part of the magic and power of art this summer for a weeklong arts camp held at Hope Center Studio in the Montrose area of Houston. Our talented and skilled Kid’s Play master teachers will guide your young artists in dance, theater and music. No prior arts experience or classes are required. The weeklong intensive, meeting Monday through Friday from 12-3 pm, immerses your child in an arts education filled with creativity, fun and empowerment. The camp meets for two separate weeks, according to age group. Register early as space is limited.

Houston SPCA

Houston SPCA Critter Camp
Houston SPCA
713-869-7722 x143
June 4-August 10
6-14 years old

Calling all kids who love animals! Spend a week with your favorite critters! All campers will get to play with our sweet shelter dogs and cats each day!

Wild Winks at the Houston Zoo

Wild Winks at the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo
June 9-August 10
6pm-9am (overnight camp)
7 years old and up

Spend the night at the Zoo for a fun-filled and totally unique after-hours experience. Overnights include interactive activities, touchable animals, pizza dinner, and a continental breakfast. If you select the Dino or 4-D Wild Wink, your overnight will include either a visit to Dinosaurs! presented by Orkin, or their 4-D experience.

Po’no Ragazzi International Academy

Summer Time at Barnes & Noble
Po’no Ragazzi International Academy/P.R.I.A.
June through August
10-17 years old

Po'no Ragazzi International Academy offers a unique range of educational learning experiences for students ages 10-17, through one-on-one tutorials, small group sessions and credit recovery through nationally accredited university e-learning centers. In the summer, they offer special sessions at the Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt Square (3003 W. Holcombe) that feature small learning environments, book groups, individual focus, and the joy of reading and writing in a creative environment. P.R.I.A. educators are happy to help parents, school or community groups understand how students can grow academically, socially, physically and emotionally. They take students from where they are academically and move them towards being the best that they can be.

Vault Houston

Aerial Summer Camp
Vault Houston
July 23-27 (Magical Monkeys, ages 6-9 years old)
July 30-August 3 (Sugar Gliders, ages 10-13 years old)
9am-noon (both camps)
6-13 years old

Do you have children who have a passion for circus? Do they have the will to fly through the air, but lack the aerial skill to land with finesse? Then they’ll love our circus fun in the air and on the ground! It’s great for exercise and coordination too!

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Sarah Gish
1940-A Fountainview, PMB 116
Houston, Texas 77057
phone/fax: 713.482.7065

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